So many visitors are coming to Leavenworth these days that the Bavarian Village is able to offer a growing list of amenities and services, including some you might not expect to find in what was once a sleepy little Central Washington village.
Just head just a little way down Icicle Road and you’ll find the latest in bigtime amenities – the newly expanded Aspen Leaf Day Spa.[pb]5[/pb]
Located at the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, the larger, more elaborate spa is becoming the go-to spa for not only Leavenworth visitors but residents from all over North Central Washington.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why this makes sense for Sleeping Lady – the resort long has been known for its natural setting, its careful maintenance of the environment, and a total back-to-Nature experience that includes everything from the food you eat to the cottages you sleep in. We should note this is not a back-to-Nature experience as in camping, but rather a well-planned resort that combines a natural setting with luxury resort amenities.
Harriett Bullitt, a Northwest icon of business and the arts, could see the potential here when she purchased 67 acres from the Catholic Church back in 1991 when the property was known as Camp Field and used for church retreats. Eighteen buildings from the retreat were worked into the new site plan, with new buildings designed to blend in with the existing architecture and environment. Everything was upgraded to current codes and Sleeping Lady opened in 1995.[pb]11[/pb]
The resort has always offered spa services but the newly expanded Aspen Leaf Day Spa represents a big leap forward. It’s a full-service day spa that offers a range of massage, facial and body treatments. It’s located right at the edge of the Sleeping Lady property and is part of what now has become a small village that includes the O’Grady’s Pantry (being expanded into a full-service restaurant with a heated seating area outdoors beginning in the spring), a mercantile gift shop and an adjacent organic garden.
The setting is ideal for a spa, according to Sales and Marketing Director Lori Vandenbrink, a longtime spa customer herself. “It’s a very serene setting,” she says. “It lends itself well to yoga and massage.”
The people taking care of you at the Aspen Leaf Day Spa are all highly qualified. The spa will employ seven experienced and nationally-certified massage practitioners, four estheticians and cosmetologists, and a spa coordinator. Managing the spa is Karen Edwards, a Washington state licensed esthetician.
The practitioners will offer you a blend of massage services including Swedish, deep tissue, sports, pregnancy, hot stone, side by side, and their signature hot and cold Jade stone. Those wanting facials and other services will find that the spa offers skin balancing, antioxidant peels, microdermabrasion, waxing, sugaring, and tinting. The spa also offers spa body treatments, including wraps and scrubs, foot rituals, and energy balancing.[pb]18[/pb]